All the contradictions of some UN officials in Anna Bono's in-depth analysis for Atlantico Quotidiano
The hypocrisy of African UN officials who point the finger at the US, while they know that, in Africa, institutionalized racism is exercised, and in the most painful way, in all its meanings. Rights are partly determined by social status, which in turn is defined by ascribed factors: sex, age, as well as the community of birth. The status of women and children is lower than that of men
On June 14, 22 senior United Nations officials wrote a letter to express their indignation at the racism that continues to pervade the United States and the world. "We owe George Floyd and all the victims of racial discrimination and police brutality to bring down racist institutions – the hieratic tone reads, in which Floyd is described as" a gentle giant who desperately fights for life "- is it is our duty to speak for those who have no voice and to demand concrete answers that allow us to fight against racism, a global scourge that has persisted over the centuries ". The authors of the letter say that the UN must do more to remove "the shame of racism on humanity: not enough will be said of the profound trauma and intergenerational suffering resulting from the racial injustice perpetrated over the centuries in particular against people of African origin. Simply condemning the expressions and acts of racism is not enough. We have to go further and do more. "
You can object to the language used, dissent from some statements, but not from the substance of the message: racism, in the extensive use of the term which includes any discrimination and injustice based on prejudices, is really a plague, it is wrong to humanity and humiliates her.
But the 22 senior UN officials who signed the letter are all African and would have been credible if, demonstrating a sense of dignity and genuine concern, instead of pointing the finger at "the United States and the world", they had admitted that even on their continent , their compatriots must commit themselves to bringing down racist institutions: Africans are among the most avid defenders of the right to discriminate, which is why Africa has been devastated by tribalism over the centuries and still is in the often ruthless and extreme political clash , until the genocide. Hostility, mistrust, contempt oppose families, lineages, clans, tribes, membership by birth is definitive, individual and collective identity complement each other in social distance and exclusion.
Since it is difficult to recognize the existence of universal rights, rights in Africa are still partly determined by social status, in turn defined by ascribed factors: sex, age, as well as the community of birth. The status of women and children is lower than that of men. It follows that their lives and their will are held in less consideration. For this reason, institutions born to dispose of their existence according to the collective good survive, stubbornly practiced, as was understood and protected in tribal societies based on subsistence economies: child labor, combined marriages, early marriages, bride price, genital mutilation feminine… In Africa, racism, institutionalized, is exercised in all its meanings.
So the place in the world where most Africans are victims of racism, and in the most painful way, is Africa. The senior UN officials of the letter against racism know this: in particular Adama Dieng, who is a special adviser to the UN secretary general for the prevention of genocides; Kingsley Mamabolo, head of UN operations in Darfur, where tribal conflict has decimated the population; Mankeur Ndiaye, special representative of the UN secretary general for the Central African Republic, where the ethnic-religious clash that erupted in 2012 risked turning into ethnic cleansing; Leila Zerrougui, head of Monusco, the interminable, and apparently useless, UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the colonial crimes of which King Leopold of Belgium is accused blanch in comparison to the massacres and current violence; and again, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women.
As for the brutality of law enforcement, there has been no African state where citizens feel safe. Senior UN officials also know this. One of the signatories is Zainab Hawa Bangura, director general of the UN office in Kenya. Precisely in Kenya, since the government took measures to contain the epidemic on March 25, the police have killed 15 people and wounded 31 with gunshots: to enforce the curfew, it has shot at human height . Also in Kenya, the news agency The New Humanitarian on June 16 published a report entitled "Civilians in the north east affected by both jihadists and the state". The article begins by reporting the testimony of a woman: “My husband was killed by the al-Shabab (Somali jihadists, ed), my brother-in-law by the security forces. We are victims of both ”. The report goes on to explain that people are afraid of the government, for years denouncing violence by security forces. An investigation conducted in 2016 in Wajir, on the border with Somalia, found that, as of 2015, 34 people, including two women, had disappeared and the corpses of at least 11 people had been found: all had been seen for the last time while they were in police custody. Since then, kidnappings and murders have continued.
Among the victims of the police who killed in Kenya to enforce the curfew there is also a 13-year-old boy, Yassin Hussein Moyo, who was shot to death in the capital Nairobi. No one in Africa has knelt to mourn little Yassin or other victims of the brutality of the security forces and to invoke justice.
This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/mondo/vi-racconto-le-ipocrisie-onu-su-usa-e-africa/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vi-racconto-le-ipocrisie-onu-su-usa-e-africa on Sat, 20 Jun 2020 05:33:22 +0000.